Looking back, looking ahead | IN OUR OPINION

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Pardon us while we pause to reflect the year that was.

2013 went by in a whirlwind. It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that islanders were celebrating Jay Inslee as he took the oath of office to become Washington state’s 23rd governor.

Like most whirlwinds, 2013 kicked up a bit of dust. City hall swirled amid major departures and arrivals, controversy over the island’s rewritten Shoreline Master Program, continued concerns over the police department, the great debate over outsourcing the city’s water system, and a crowded ballot for the city council and fire department’s board of commissioners.

But there was much to celebrate in our community, as well. The opening of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, continued progress on Hilltop, and the completion of The Waypoint, the grassroots-built welcoming attraction to the island’s southern gateway, all top the list.

As we enter a new year, it’s important for the Review to acknowledge and thank all of those responsible for helping the island’s hometown newspaper close out another successful year.

Thanks are due to our many local merchants and advertisers. Their support is vital for this newspaper in its charge to chronicle the continuing history of Bainbridge Island, from the good to the bad and everything in between.

Thanks, too, to the islanders who share their news, from engagements to weddings to birth announcements; the coaches and sports boosters who send in game scores; the members of our creative community who welcome us backstage or into the studio; the readers who take the time to call and offer a news tip; and those stout individuals who pen letters to the editor for our Opinion page.

Our great gratitude goes to our subscribers, as well, who make up the heart of our readership.

As we face the blank pages of 2014, here’s looking forward to a prosperous year filled with promise, hope and happiness.


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